FLORENCE---Robert E. (Bob) Merritt of Columbia has been named university attorney for Francis Marion University.
His appointment is effective in January 2006.
"Bob Merritt brings a wealth of legal expertise in state government to this new FMU position," said FMU President Fred Carter. "He is a consummate professional and will be a wonderful addition to the university and the Pee Dee community."
Merritt has 21 years experience providing legal counsel to various state agencies.
Since 2003, Merritt has been extraditions counsel for the governor’s office, on assignment from the Budget and Control Board. He also has served as lead staff to the Governor’s Management Accountability and Performance Commission and as staff to the South Carolina Commission on International Cooperation.
Merritt has served as assistant general counsel to the S.C. Budget and Control Board and was assigned as staff to the S.C. Education Lottery Commission during its start-up period in 2001.
From 1992 to 2001, he was chief of staff and counsel to the S.C. Senate Finance Committee’s Office of President Pro Tempore John Drummond. From 1987 to 1992, he was director of research and counsel to the S.C. Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee. From 1983 to 1987, he was a law clerk and later the attorney for the S.C. Senate Finance Committee.
Merritt has experience as an agent for the S.C. Probation, Parole and Pardon Board, served as a Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputy, taught in the Charleston County Public Schools and was a police officer with the North Charleston Police Department.
Raised in Berkeley County, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1973 and a law degree from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1984. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1984.
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